Discipline is a Real Drag

“It all comes down to commitment to a rigorous daily discipline. Discipline is painful at the moment in which it is practiced. But, those who continue on the incline of discipline will celebrate the blessing of God’s promise”. (Mike Slaughter, Momentum For Life, p.113)

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces are harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it”. (Hebrews 12:11)

Last night I had to drag myself to the gym. I didn’t want to go. It was cold and dark out. I was tired and hungry and felt like just lying around the house. Come to think of it…   I had to drag myself to the gym the day before that too…   and the day before THAT! OK…   truth be told I have to drag myself to the gym 3 out of every 5 times. I always have an excuse NOT to go: I’m too busy, tired, etc.

At my current rate of gym attendance (about 5 times a week), if I were only to go when I actually FELT like going I would only go to the gym about 100 times a year rather than about 260 times a year. That is almost three times as often! I can get much more fit by having the discipline to go even when I don’t really feel like it.

All of us struggle with issues of health and fitness. For some it is exercise. For some it is eating right. For some it is kicking a bad habit like too much smoking, drinking, caffeine, etc.). The difference between those who succeed and those who fail is that those who succeed have the discipline to drag themselves forward at all costs.